January 14, 2023 – 7:00 AM
An antique and collectable store in Kamloops is closing and liquidating all the treasures inside.
Store owner Peter Kalashnikoff was forced to close the doors of Harmonie Antiques and Collectables after a hike in rental costs for the building.
“There is nothing I can do,” he said. “The rent went up too high and the landlord doesn’t want to negotiate. It is disappointing. Lots of people are disappointed.”
Ones man’s pain is another one’s gain in this situation, where bargain hunters and antique lovers can find a wide variety of treasures on sale, anything from antique furniture to instruments to vintage comic books.
Kalashnikoff said he’s enjoying watching customers leave with smiles on their faces.
“The sale is going well, it is busy,” he said. “We have rare collectables and some reproduction stuff. We have everything. People like my Coca-Cola selection and I have a lot of First Nations stuff.”
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Kalashnikoff has no plans in place for the future yet. He said his age and health issues prevent him from moving the collection to another location. He has until August to empty the building.
The store is located at 232 Briar Avenue on the North Shore and has been operating since 2015.
It is open seven days per week, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and